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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While practically every country in the wine producing world grows it, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. As far as cellar potential, white Burgundy rivals the world’s other age-worthy whites like Riesling or botrytized Semillon. California is Chardonnay’s second most important home, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia and South America are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

Tasting Notes for Chardonnay

Chardonnay is a dry, white wine. When Chardonnay grapes are planted on cool sites, the resulting wine's flavors tend towards grapefruit, lemon zest, green apple, celery leaf and wet flint, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of melon, peach and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut and spice, while malolactic fermentation imparts a soft and creamy texture.

Perfect Food Pairings for Chardonnay

Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with flaky white fish with herbs, scallops, turkey breast and soft cheeses. Richer Chardonnays marry well with lobster, crab, salmon, roasted chicken and creamy sauces.

Sommelier Secrets for Chardonnay

Since the 1980s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has swung in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a similar bright and acid-driven style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy this lighter style.

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  • Simonnet-Febvre Chablis Les Preuses Grand Cru 2009 Front Label
    Simonnet-Febvre Chablis Les Preuses Grand Cru 2009
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    • Marcassin Three Sisters Vineyard Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
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    • Aubert Reuling Vineyard Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
      Aubert Reuling Vineyard Chardonnay 2009
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    • Domaine Francois Raveneau Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2009 Front Label
      Domaine Francois Raveneau Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2009
      Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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      Domaine Francois Raveneau Chablis Butteaux Premier Cru 2009
      Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    • Kistler Vineyards Cuvee Cathleen Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
      Kistler Vineyards Cuvee Cathleen Chardonnay 2009
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      • Domaine Francois Raveneau Chablis Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru 2009 Front Label
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      • Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Charmes 2009 Front Label
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        • William Fevre Chablis Bougros Cote Bouguerots Grand Cru 2009 Front Label
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          Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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        • Chappellet Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
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        • Aubert Lauren Vineyard Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
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        • Aubert Larry Hyde & Sons Vineyard Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
          Aubert Larry Hyde & Sons Vineyard Chardonnay 2009
          Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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        • Bravium Reserve Thomson Vineyard Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
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          • Maldonado Los Olivos Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
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            • Sea Smoke Cellars Gratis Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
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              • Stony Hill Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
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                • Domaine Faiveley Meursault Blagny Premier Cru 2009 Front Label
                  Domaine Faiveley Meursault Blagny Premier Cru 2009
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                • Louis Latour Meursault  2009 Front Label
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                • Grgich Hills Estate Carneros Selection Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
                  Grgich Hills Estate Carneros Selection Chardonnay 2009
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                • Jean et Sebastien Dauvissat Chablis Vaillons Vieilles Vignes Premier Cru 2009 Front Label
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                    William Fevre Chablis Bougros Cote Bouguerots Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009
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